Microsoft addresses confusion over Office 2013 license

Can office 2013 users to transfer their license from one computer to another? Well, it depends.

Microsoft has recently created some confusion and controversy when he revealed that the Office 2013 would be limited to a PC. People who need to install the software on another PC are out of luck, it seems. Ed Bott of ZDNet sister site CNET light changes in licensing the new set.

You can not buy Office 2013 on a DVD or other media. Instead, you must purchase a key card, which allows you to download the software. But the problem is that Office 2013 is enabled on the computer on which you install. Your perpetual license is stuck to single PC.

The new policy is a significant change compared to Office 2010 full product that was available on disk and could not legally be transferred to another PC if you need to upgrade to a new computer.

To bring some clarity to the controversy, Microsoft has tried to explain the licensing in a blog published yesterday. Blog confirmed that your office 2013 software is licensed to a computer for life and can not be transferred to another PC.

But what if your computer craps? Then you can agree.

"If a customer buys the software and Office 2013 installed on a PC that fails under warranty, the customer can contact technical support for an exemption to activate the Office 2013 software on the PC replacement, "says the blog.

Of course, the phrase "under warranty" pose yet another question. What happens if your PC is no longer under warranty and fails, and you lose everything. Would Microsoft refuses to help reactivate Office 2013 on PC Replacement?

CNET contacted Microsoft to ask this question and will update the story if we receive more information.

Why strict licensing with the new version of Microsoft Office?

Simply put, Microsoft wants people to move to Office 365 subscription.

Touting this product as the solution for users with multiple computers, the blog states that Home Premium Office 365 can be enabled and disabled through no less than five different devices. University of Office 365, which is suitable for students can be enabled and disabled on the two separate devices. These devices may include a PC, Mac or tablet.

Since Office 365 requires an annual subscription, Microsoft is potentially make more money from him. Office Home & Student 2013 costs $ 139.99. Home & Business Office 2013 goes for $ 219.99. Office Professional 2013 and costs $ 399.99.

Office 365 is only $ 99, but $ 99 per year.

People who install Office 365, especially on multiple devices, are likely to continue the subscription rather than suddenly switch to Office 2013 midterm. Users are then essentially locked in this subscription unless they choose to waive any office.

Office 365 also includes a full suite of applications, including Outlook, Access and Publisher. It offers storage space on SkyDrive and 60 minutes worth of Skype calls each month. It can be an attractive alternative to traditional Office suite.

Is that users of Office bite? Those who want to stay with Office, but are concerned about the new licensing restrictions Office 2013 could well decide they have no choice.
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